To start, let us define the difference between computer hardware and computer software. While computer hardware are physical items also known as computer hardware components, hardware devices or even just computer parts, they are all parts of a computer that physically make up a computer system.
Software on the other hand is not a physical item, and is only a program written as instructions for hardware to follow. One simple example of this is used referring to yourself, a grocery list and a pencil. Imagine that you are a hardware device, the pencil is a dvd/cd writer, the piece of paper the list is written on is a disc. All of these are physical items and are referred to as hardware, The software here is the contents of the list itself, It is not a physical item, only written instructions on what is needed.
Now, breaking down the different hardware names (terms), we have computer hardware devices which are basically a piece of computer hardware that is designed for a simple specific purpose such as a floppy drive or mouse. Another name also referred to while discussing computer parts hardware is the computer hardware components. Computer hardware components are the single hardware parts that make up the whole computer system, such as the motherboard, processor or hard drive.
We also have peripherals hardware, which is similar to the hardware device with the exception that the peripherals hardware is an addition or an extension of the computer system, such as the printer, speakers or a digital camera. The word hardware originated from the construction industry years ago referring to the nuts and bolts used to increase the strength of the building materials being used and the term was coined for the computer systems describing the physical make up of the entire computer system.
Remember, Peripherals Hardware is just an expansion or extension of your computer system, hardware devices are designed to perform simple tasks, hardware components are the individual parts of your computer that make up the entire system and the word hardware came from items being used to make something stronger while building. In conclusion, the names we use when referring to computer parts have mostly come from meanings that make sense, but in some aspects, it is strange to think that the construction industry of yesterday is responsible for the well known term known as computer hardware in our technological world today. Thanks for reading, Mike Hutcheson… Lensmaster at http://squidoo.com/best_brand_pc_hardware.